Housekeeping the natural way

Using natural cleaners is a great way to promote a healthy environment and healthy living.

Not only this, but chemical cleaners can be very expensive, while many of the natural cleaners discussed below are reasonably priced, and will save you money in the long run.

Using natural substances to clean your establishment will go a long way to making you feel like you are contributing to a positive future. Harsh chemical cleaners can deplete the ozone and damage the environment when we dump them down the drain or on the ground. 

Keep in mind that many of the basic ingredients that you will be using for natural cleaning in your establishment can work wonders, but they might require a little extra elbow grease to get the same results as chemical cleaners.


This is a collection of recipes using basic household ingredients and natural substances. Use these recipes as suggestions and guidelines that you can change or add to for different items being cleaned in your own establishment. Be sure never to mix bleach, chlorine or chemical cleaners to your household cleaners as you could cause harmful gases.

Homemade Fabric Softener

Mix the following ingredients together and wrap in a piece of fabric to use in your dryer for great smelling and static free clothes: 1/2 cup baking soda, 2 tablespoons cornstarch, and 3 drops of your favourite aroma oil.
Homemade bleach
1 cup hydrogen peroxide, 3 tablespoons lemon juice, and 10 cups water. Store this mixture for up to three months if not used at once.

A cleaner for throughout the home

Mix together – 1/2 cup ammonia, 1/2 cup vinegar, and 1/4 cup baking soda in 1/2 gallon water. Put in spray bottles to use throughout the home for everyday cleaning.

Kitchen cleaner

Mix together – 1/4 cup baking soda, 2/3 cup vinegar, and 3/4 cup ammonia in a gallon of water. Store this mixture for up to three months in a spray bottle. This is a strong smelling grease cutter that will help you in your daily cleaning in the kitchen.

Bathroom cleaner

Combining 1/4 cup baking soda and 1/4 cup water makes a great cleaner for your toilet, and this paste will take stains off porcelain. Another great bathroom cleaner to use daily is a mixture of 2 cups baking soda, 1/2 cup dishwashing liquid, 1 cup water and 1/2 cup of vinegar. Mix thoroughly and use to kill mildew and cut soap scum.

Cleaner for painted walls

Use one cup vinegar and add to 1/2 gallon water. Keep this mixture in a spray bottle to clean your walls of dirt and grime as needed on a daily or weekly basis. This can be used throughout your establishment.

Scrubbing paste

A scouring powder that you can use throughout the home is a mixture of 1/2 cup baking soda and 1/4 cup vinegar. Use this on surfaces where you are not worried about scratches.

Oven cleaner

Mix together 1 cup vinegar, 1 cup borax and 1 cup baking soda – use this paste and a scouring pad to remove tough stains.

Window cleaner

For homemade window cleaner that looks store bought, use 3 tablespoons vinegar, 2 drops blue food coloring and 3 cups water. Mix together in a spray bottle and use as needed.

Carpet cleaner

Mix together 1 tablespoon vinegar, 1 tablespoon ammonia and 4 cups of cold water. To clean spots in your carpet, simply spray on the stain, dab and repeat as the stain lifts right out.

Vinyl cleaner

A great mixture to keep your no-wax floor clean is to use a tablespoon of dishwashing liquid and 1/2 cup vinegar to a gallon of hot water. Mop as usual and the vinegar will bring the dirt right up.

Wood floor cleaner

Use 3 tablespoons olive oil, 1 tablespoon vinegar and 1 tsp lemon oil – clean with a soft cloth for a great shine. Increase the amounts as needed for a large cleaning area.

Hardwood floor cleaner

To clean a hardwood floor and cover scratches at the same time, use a gallon of hot water, 8 tea bags, 4 tablespoons of olive oil and a soft cloth.

Carpet stain remover

Use 1/4 cup dishwashing liquid, 1/3 cup water and 1/8 cup of vinegar. Mix in a spray bottle, spray on the stain and blot up. Repeat as needed to bring up the entire stain.

Carpet freshener

Use 1 cup of baking soda, 1/2 cup cornstarch and 3 drops of your favorite essential oil, sprinkle on the carpet, leave overnight and vacuum up for a fresh clean scent.

Aluminium cleaner

To clean aluminium use one cup of tomato juice and a tablespoon of baking soda. Rub the mixture on, allow to dry for about an hour and then buff clean. This shine will also keep your piece beautiful.

Clean wood furniture

This is a great mixture for use on hardwood furniture for weekly cleaning or for deep cleaning. Use 1/8 cup linseed oil, 1/8 cup vinegar and 1/4 cup lemon juice. Apply to wood with a soft cloth and allow to dry for a great smelling shine.

Wood furniture cleaner

To darken scratches while cleaning your wood furniture use 1/8 cup lemon juice and a 1/4 cup olive oil. Apply this mixture with a soft cloth.

Leather cleaner

Clean your leather couches and ottomans with a 1/4 cup olive oil and 1 teaspoon lemon oil. Buffing your leathers with this mixture will remove dirt and leave a soft shine as well.

Vinyl cleaner

Your outside patio furniture, your vinyl couches and your vinyl chairs can be easily cleaned by using a mixture of 1/4 cup vinegar, 1/4 cup vegetable oil and 2 cups water. Keep this in a spray bottle and wipe on with a soft cloth for a great cleaner that can be used often.

These recipes were extracted from with the kind permission of the author, George Hughes (aka Tip King).